My first gun (Ratter)

One funny thing about trying to buy a gun in New York City is that there’s not really anywhere to do it. Manhattan has only three gun shops. One of them is the bizarre Beretta Gallery, a high-end finery-and-firearms store—imagine if Brooks Brothers sold shotguns. Their website says it is “modeled after the Beretta home in Gardone Val Trompia, and embodying the traditional values of its residents, the stone for the New York Gallery’s new hand-chiseled, white and gray façade was extracted from local quarries and delivered from Italy to the United States.” Similar is another shop, Holland & Holland, an oak-paneled boutique that has glowing cases of rifles and shotguns surrounding tables of expensive ties and scarves. Neither location sells handguns.

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